Peugeot Imagines A Future In Which CUVs Don't Suck

peugeot imagines a future in which cuvs dont suck

Think “French Crossover” and you might picture something like the Peugeot Bipper Tepee: willfully weird, wildly named and highly functional in a boring, European delivery van kind of way. But Peugeot seems determined to craft a new image for its people-carrying future, starting with this HX1, which it says represents what a crossover offering could be in 2020. With “4 + 2” modular seating and a version of Peugeot’s real-world diesel-hybrid AWD system, the HX1 belies its concept-y dimensions and half-scissor doors. And though its style is based on the design language that debuted with the SR-1 Concept, it’s long-and-low looks remind me of its sister-brand Citroen’s recent Metropolis Concept. In any case, it’s got as much in common with the Bipper Tepee as I do with Laetitia Casta… which gives me some hope for the crossover future.

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  • Obruni Obruni on Aug 30, 2011

    French? Four Doors? misguided attempt to go premium again? if it manages to escape the junkyard because of electrical faults, it will be a nice used bargain in three to four years.

  • Luke42 Luke42 on Aug 30, 2011

    Looks nice to me! If it can tow a 4'x8' utility trailer, I'm sold. I like the Venza, too, but as a guy with a young child (with another one as a real possibility), buying a new car is a stretch. I'm also watching the used mininvan market -- they have a lot of utility for the dollar and utility for the gallon, even if my wife keeps vetoing anything that even remotely reminds her of her mother's Grand(ma) Caravan. (Neither my wife or I care for SUVs or CUVs.)

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